For many of us, reaching out to our friends with the gospel is very difficult. It’s scary to consider what our friends might think of us or how our relationships might be impacted if we share our faith. And to be honest, many of us just don’t even know where to begin.
We want you to use Steak Night to impact your friends for Christ. We know reaching out to your friends can be difficult, but we urge you to use this night when we will eat great food, watch a short video, and engage in a spiritual conversation to impact your friends in at least 3 ways:
1) Use Steak Night to have a spiritual conversation with your friend.
- Maybe you have spiritual conversations with your friends all the time, maybe you never have them. Either way, Steak Night is an easy way to engage in deeper conversations with the friends you care about the most. We’ll lead you in the conversation. You don’t have to know how to begin or which questions to ask—just show up with your friend. Use this opportunity.
2) Use Steak Night to show your friend the love of Jesus.
- In John 13:34-35, Jesus says to his followers: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- Even if your friend hates the video we watch and will not engage in conversation (which is unlikely), he or she will see Christ’s love by seeing how we love each other. Use this opportunity to get your friend around people who love Jesus.
3) Use Steak Night to invest in your own spiritual growth.
- Yes, your own growth will impact your friends. In Matthew 9:38, Jesus tells his disciples to pray for workers to labor for his kingdom, because the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Jesus didn’t tell them to pray for more Steak Nights, because workers make the impact, not events.
- Whether it’s through the video, taking a scary step and inviting your friend, or the conversations at your table, you will grow in your faith during Steak Night.
- Will you make an investment in your own spiritual growth—and, as a result, the advancement of God’s Kingdom—by coming to Steak Night on November 13th?
If you are a college student, then you know school is really picking up to full speed right about now. I’m not sure if any of you have felt as I, but this feeling of struggling to keep my head above water has been draining me. It seems as though I have been living from one test to the next for the past two weeks. The best word to describe it is… exhausting. But this week God has been revealing some good stuff.
Stuff #1- I have to allow enough time each and every day to BE STILL before my King. I can’t merely do my quiet time for 10 minutes, rushing through my study, and pray an empty prayer because I’m distracted that I’m about to be late for class. Trust me, I know, life is busy, school is crazy and our social lives can consume us. But we must allow time to be still before Christ himself. I realized that this has been the main source of my problems for the past few weeks. I’ve been going, going and going nonstop. The time I was leaving for God consisted of rushed quiet times and me doing lots of the talking and not much listening. This time certainly was not consisting of the worship my Savior deserves. Guys… If we can get this right, everything else will fall into place. All of a sudden we won’t be carrying burdens we weren’t meant to be carrying. We won’t be anxious about things we are not in control of, and we won’t be struggling to stay above the waves we aren’t even supposed to be swimming in. (P.s. you are NOT alone in this, we ALL find ourselves in these situations. I actually struggle with this each and every day. I have to remind myself every morning of God’s promises and who he says he is. This helps me remember he is incomprehensibly capable of taking care of things!!)
Long side note: I was in my car this week and God sent a reminder to me through song. (I absolutely LOVE it when he chooses this method to speak to me!!!) I don’t usually listen to the radio anymore; I typically use my Spotify. But, for some reason this morning I did, and my XM station, “The Message” was playing the song “Still” by Hillary Scott. I knew the song so it wasn’t unfamiliar to me, but it was as though I was hearing it for the first time. And let me tell y’all… This wasn’t just a, “Oh yeah, thanks God that was good. I really needed to hear that” kind of moment. This song became my prayer that morning. I felt like it was just me and God in my car and that I was giving him control. Even just praying those words in the song, there was a burden that was lifted off of my shoulders. I was choosing to let go and choosing to not only believe that he’s got it, but really fully trusting that. Here are some of the lyrics…
“I believe that you are God alone, but sometimes I still try to take control. Cause I get scared when I can’t see the end, and all you want from me is to let go.
You’re parting waters, making a way for me, you’re moving mountains that I don’t even see. You’ve answered my prayer, before I even speak. All you need for me to be is STILL.
I Bring my praise before I bring my need. Cause there’s no fear you’ve not already seen. I rest my heart on all your promises. Cause I have seen and know your faithfulness.
You’re parting waters, making a way for me, you’re moving mountains that I don’t even see. You’ve answered my prayer, before I even speak. All you need for me to be is STILL.”
“STILL” seems easy, right? I can’t say that that particular action comes naturally for me. But I know God calls us in Psalm 46:10 to, “be still and know that I AM God.” Will you be still?
Stuff #2: Why do I do what I do? Why do I work hard? Why do I strive to make good grades? Why do I go to church? These are some questions I have been asking myself. And If I am being completely honest, some of my answers probably aren’t what they should be. But God has really been showing me, EVERYTHING is for HIM. Everything I do, everything I say and everything I think, should be giving HIM GLORY. He’s worthy of every single bit of it!!! 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
This blog is written by Mica Walter, a sophomore at UACCM. Follow her personal blog here.
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Say what? Yes, that’s right, let’s talk about looking for a husband in college. (Don’t pretend like you haven’t thought about it…) But first, let’s look at two extreme opinions you will hear. Personally, I think both are silly and for the record, I am in no way trying to offend anyone who thinks these…we’ve all been there…or is that just me?
- College is ALL about finding your husband and that is all you should think about…WRONG!!
- College should have nothing to do with your future husband and if you think it does, you’re not an advocate for independent women… WRONG!!
Why can’t both be true?
College is about so much more than just finding a husband! First off, let’s deal with the “Sunday School” answer. Jesus should always be your number one priority. He comes first. No argument there! The key is to constantly be working on your relationship with Him; i.e. be praying and reading your Bible regularly. It’s never too late to start! Before your search for a husband begins, or a boyfriend for that matter, work on your relationship with Jesus. If you aren’t spending quality time reading scripture and praying, it becomes incredibly easy for a boy to become your idol and even thinking about a husband can quickly become a less obvious one.
On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with wanting to find a husband in college, if done in the right order. Remember, God 1st. This step is so incredibly important! God designed people to be relational. He compares Christ and the church to a husband and wife. Jesus was personal to those He ministered to. He spent quality time with His disciples and even more time with His Father, our Father. It seems rational for us to desire a close relationship and to look forward to a future spouse.
So, how does someone go about looking for a husband in college? Good question!
College has EVERYTHING to do with God’s plan and His purpose for you in this time! CORRECT!!
The key to “husband hunting” in college is to devote yourself to God. This sounds cliche, but it is oh so true! If you are struggling with this, I advise that you give your desires over to God. This takes time and practice, so start now! Ask God to take control of your desire for a husband, or anything else that’s on your mind. And ask for Him to give you His desires. Ask Him to reveal what He wants from you during these college years. Ask this everyday and give yourself scriptures that remind you God’s way is better than ours:
“This God – his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? – the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.” Psalm 18:30&31
Written by Hannah Zirbel
10 Things your Parent(s) want you to Know
by Cristal Reynolds, BCM Administrative Assistant (AKA BCM Godmother).
When heading off to college, excited about your new found independence, there are a few things you should know. Consider them courtesies, responsibilities, or an exercise in maturity.
- Parents think you are hungry. Chances are you have meals paid for that go unused. Use your meal plan. Use all of your swipes each day, and of course, eat breakfast!
- Let your parent(s) know if you are leaving town. This especially applies to outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, camping, etc.
- Hydrate! Carry a water bottle with you and refill it often. Your body and brain will thank you.
- Brush your teeth. Either your parents have paid a small fortune on your teeth or you are very blessed. Take care of your smile. You, and your wallet, will be glad you did.
- Get involved. Make yourself! Go to school activities; find a group to join and follow through.
- Do not wear pajamas to class! Don’t be that person!
- Be yourself. Break free from the cliques and stigmas of high school and shine for who you are. Everyone starts college on neutral ground.
- Communicate with your family. Call your parents occasionally and don’t ask for money. Call, text, or snapchat your siblings; your leaving is hard on them.
- Talk to your professors. Meet with them, seek their help, ask for their guidance. These relationships can go a long way when you need a reference.
- Have Fun!!!!
College=Change. Almost everything about your life will change when you move off to college. New town, new friends, new schedule, and the list goes on. Coming to college also means finding a new church. For many, church was a regular part life in High School and that doesn’t need to change once you come to college. However, finding a new church can be confusing and slightly intimidating process. Hopefully this article will offer some encouragement and direction while trying to find a new church.
As Followers of Christ, God has called us to be involved in a local church.
Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV “And let us consider how to stir up on another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
The purpose of the church is to worship God, serve His world, and encourage our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Many students, upon coming to college, neglect the church the same way the author of Hebrews was addressing. When you choose not to be involved in a church, you miss out on corporate worship and the opportunity to encourage your brothers and sisters and to also be encouraged by them as well. God is pleased when His children come together to worship Him and to build each other up in Him.
The Church is Multi-Generational
Campus Ministries are great. In fact, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if God didn’t lead me to the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) when I arrived at the University of Central Arkansas. Campus Ministries allow you to reach the campus in a very impactful way considering that they are usually located on or close to the campus. However, campus ministries cannot replace the church. When you limit your involvement to only campus ministries, you miss out on fellowship, discipleship, and simply doing life with literally everyone except those who are a part of your generation. Being involved with believers from different generations can have a wonderful impact on your life. Not only can you pour into the lives of those younger than you by volunteering to help with the youth or children’s ministry, but you also meet many church members who are older and much wiser. They can begin to disciple you and offer some much needed guidance and direction as you navigate through this season of life.
The Church Offers Many Opportunities to Serve
Being involved in a local church opens the door to so many opportunities for service both in the community and around the world. The service opportunities range from working in the nursery, leading a small group, playing in the worship band, local 1 day mission projects, or even spending the summer in a different country doing mission work. God has called us all to carry out the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20 ESV “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
As Christians, we are much more equipped and able to carry out the Great Commission when we are working alongside our brothers and sisters in the church.
As you start this new chapter in life, do not forget how important it is to find and get involved in a local church. If you need help finding a local church or would like to learn more, the BCM offers many opportunities to help you get involved.
Go to http://www.conwaybcm.com/churches/ to learn more about these great options.
Blog by Joshua Herrington
The two most formative times of your life are birth to age one and high school graduation to December. For college freshmen, here are five things to do on your first three days on campus that will make your first semester count.
1) Intentionally make new friends
Never eat a meal alone, this is a point in the semester when everyone is looking to make new friends and many have come to college with very few connections at all. Therefore, don’t hesitate to approach a person you do not know in the cafeteria or the student center and grab a meal with them. Early in your first semester is when many lifelong friendships are made and many existing friendships are solidified.
2) Explore town
Conway is a fun and exciting place to be with more than enough to do, however, the best things about Conway are not abundantly apparent from a simple drive-by on the interstate. In your first few days on campus make sure to drive around and explore. Check out these sites: Downtown Conway, Blue Sail Coffee, Zateo Coffee, Hendrix Village, Lake Beaverfork, various running and walking trails, Conway Commons, and Tacos 4 Life.
3) Communicate with your roommate
Various issues will certainly arise between you and your roommate throughout the semester. However, many of these can be settled on the front end. In the first three days have a talk with your roommate about expectations. Who is going to clean which areas? Can you sleep with a lamp on in the room? What items can be shared? How do you handle conflict when it arises?
4) Navigate Campus
At the beginning of the first class many professors will explain which course you are sitting in. Undoubtedly there is almost always one student who has to stand up and leave because they are in the wrong place. Don’t be this person! Explore campus to find your classes, good study spots, and fun places to hang out.
5) Plan to connect with BCM
Check out http://www.conwaybcm.com/events/ and learn how to connect with BCM early on! BCM will give you countless opportunities to exalt God, grow in Christ, connect to His church, and serve His world.
The first BCM Collective, our weekly worship night, is Monday, August 22nd at 7pm at 1073 Front Street. Learn more about BCMCollective.com
Post by Ryan Scantling, Conway BCM Campus Minister
In my last post I talked about how God values his creation, and now I want to talk about how that should effect us every day.
Now I am learning this just as much as anyone else but I recently watched a Ted talk that really got me thinking. In this video writer and researcher Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability and even though she doesn’t talk about Christian lifestyles she does offer some good insight.
To sum up what I took from Brene Brown is that people first need to find confidence in themselves, and this is why I started with talking about how God values us and how we should take comfort in that. The next thing is that people need to learn to be vulnerable instead of numbing themselves.
It is all to often that I find myself ashamed of my sin or terrified of how people think of me, but it is important in those time to look at who God says that we are and let that be all the assurance we need.
That is easier said than done, and looking at any of the statistics on this generation’s psychological status it is easy to see that we are not alone in this struggle.
When we try to look past all the things that we deal with and ignore our emotions and insecurities we begin to fall into this numbness that I know I am all to familiar with. That is why I want to look into what vulnerability looks like in the life of a child of the one true God.
When trying to seek freedom from addiction alcoholics are usually given some version of these two steps. First the addict is to remove themselves from the situations and places that are conducive to falling into that habit again. The next step it usually to assess why they choose to submit to that addiction.
This second step wades into the messy pool of vulnerability because in order to escape the things that are eating at you there needs to be a moment when you admit that everything is not okay. This is scary, but it is true for everyone and Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” which means that everyone is in need of help.
James 5:16 says “therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed” so I first encourage you to find someone to safely be vulnerable with because I know that it has helped me.
The last thing I want to say is to not let your insecurities hinder you from sharing the gospel with those around you.
When we think about all the things that keep us from sharing the gospel they all stem from the same fear of making yourself vulnerable to the world. We fear the judgment of the world, but God has already told us who we are and assured us of our value.
Don’t let your fears and insecurities about yourself hinder you but instead take comfort in who God has made you to be and go tell the world how they can also find the same comfort and assurance that you have.
I hope that this message has impacted you and I want to encourage you and equip you to become aware of your value to God. Psalm 139 is a good place in scripture that does a good job of explaining God’s love for you and this bible study that goes through some things I talked about already
This could just be me on a soap-box about dealing with my own self-esteem issues, but I think that it is pretty easy to see that many people in the Christian community struggle with valuing themselves as people.
It can sometimes be a conflicting message when we hear the Bible talk about pride like in Philippians 2:3 which says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves”.
Google says that pride is “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements” and “the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance”. The pride talked about in the Bible is one of valuing who you are and what you do above what God does and who He is.
While we are not suppose to value ourselves and our accomplishments above God we are also reminded constantly by the very same God of our value and worth.
In John 1:12 and onward is says “but to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God…”, and this is just one of many times that the Bible refers to Christ followers as his children.
It is not hard to understand the value of a child and what the Bible is saying here despite years of separation. Not just anyone can be a person’s child, but instead a child is very close and valued by the parent. Just think about one relationship that could possibly be closer than a parent to their child. Even if you are nowhere close to the stage of life to have children it has always been expressed as the most valuable relationship a person could have.
When the people of God are referred to as his children it is to say that there is a very unique and valuable acceptance and despite what your family situation may have looked like God is expressing that He values his people above all else.
In Romans 8:28 it is written “We know all things work together for the good of those who love God”. Even though some people have taken verses like this and skewed it to mean that if they love God enough then they will always get what they want that is not the meaning of this passage.
Love is not calculated in amounts; it is either something that is or is not there. Romans 8:28 is saying that for the people that God calls children there is a promise that He will take care of you.
Taking this back to a family metaphor; think about when a child wants something. The child will ask the parent and then the parent is left to discern what will benefit the child the most. God looks upon our lives in a similar way because God is able to see what will make us more godly people and He provides us with the means to achieve that goal.
This is the act of love by God because it is showing that God cares enough about us to give us what we need and want while at the same time keeping some things from us that would only serve as distractions from His purpose.
“For we are His creation created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of tie so that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). In addition to the acceptance and security that God gives us we are also given a significance.
So what does it mean to be significant? For a person to be significant it means that they have a purpose and a reason for being. I know that for me I will find times that I get so fixated on my problems and weaknesses that I start to question my significance and why I am even here on this Earth.
If you are anything like me then you need that constant reminder that who you are, from your weirdest quirks to your deepest passions, is intentional and valuable to God.
I am a guy who loves playing video games and reading comics so naturally I just have less of a connection to people like my friend Bradley who loves sports and has little to no interest in things that are not grounded in reality. God has made both of us very intentionally in order to let more people like us know of just how much God values his creation, and that is true for you as well.
There are people in this world who you, as a child of God, are uniquely equipped to love and care for. There are people in this world who will never truly listen to the truth of the gospel until you, someone they relate to very strongly, tell them what God has done for them.
Now that you know who God says you are check back on Wednesday as I talk about how that relates to your self-esteem.
If you are like me then sometimes you find yourself lacking in your prayer life and even when you try to work on it you end up spending more time just spacing out and thinking about other things that are begging for your attention.
For people like this it often helps to add some structure to your prayer time so that it becomes something that is intentional and focused.
The ACTS prayer method is a great way to keep yourself accountable in your conversations with God.
“What is the difference between praising/adoring God and giving thanks” (Psalm 96:1-4)?
In this first step spend some time focusing on the awesomeness of God. That means that you should start by just praising God for who He is and what he has done in your life.
Focus on God’s character, if you don’t know what to say think of the attributes of God like his mercy, grace and unfailing love.
This is a time where you come and ask forgiveness for your sins. Just reflect on the past several days and ask God to reveal times when you have sinned and confess that to him.
The point of this is to humble yourself before God, and this will help you to remember the forgiveness through Christ’s death on the cross. Sometimes we forget who we were before professing Jesus as our lord and savior, and bringing our sin before God keeps us in repentance and rememberance of our sin.
The next step is focues on reflecting on what God has done in your life or in the lives of others.
It is easy to lose sight of what God is doing in your life and the lives around you so it is important to reflect on what is happening and thank God for his work. God has chosen to use us for his plan and it is an amazing blessing when we get to see Him work in this world.
This can be an encouraging step that can remind you that God is still with you and working miracles.
Finish you prayer time by praying specifically. This is where you should ask expectantly for God to do amazing things in your life and the lives of others.
A big challenge in this is to keep a list of things to pray for. This is important because prayer is a powerful thing. Prayer is lifting up people and challenges to God, but it is also keeping a focus in our own minds.
Praying intentionally will make an amazing impact in your life and in the lives of those around you. It is a key aspect of our spiritual lives and that means that it needs to be approached seriously and intentionally.